Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Meghan's patronages: Duchess of Sussex's four new causes revealed

The new Duchess has quickly become a royal favourite with the public The new Duchess has quickly become a royal favourite with the public
Stacy Diaz | 12 January, 2019, 20:29

First spotted in an Instagram photo of her shoe collection that the Duchess uploaded back in her social media, the patterned heels are arguably the boldest footwear the 37-year-old's worn as a member of the Royal Family. She will also be working with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the only accredited organisation representing higher education in the Commonwealth.

The Queen has held her role with the National Theatre for 45 years and after 33 years, the monarch is also handing over her role with The Association of Commonwealth Universities to Meghan.

Meghan's first sole royal patronages will champion education, women's employment and animal welfare.

Kensington Palace revealed that Meghan has secretly visited Smart Works several times over the previous year, as well as the other three organisations, and has got to know the people involved well during that time.

Meghan told this story whilst picking out accessories for another woman during her Royal visit.

While Mayhew is a grassroots animal welfare organisation.

She married the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry in the spring of 2018, and announced her retirement from acting. Her Royal Highness will also take on Patronage of two additional charities as part of her official working portfolio - Smart Works and Mayhew.

The Director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, quickly reacted to the news, thanking the Queen for "long and unwavering support and service".

To polish off her look, Meghan accessorized with Kimai earrings and quirky cow-print pumps.

Patronages are often life-long commitments, with the chosen royal having a strong interest in the subject matter.

The Theatre is one of the U.K.'s most prominent, publicly funded, performing arts venues and was a role handed to her by her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth.

"There's no question about the fact that theatre has a challenge".

Earlier today, though, the Duchess of Sussex used her love of fashion for a greater cause. The Duchess shares our deeply-held conviction that theatre has the power to bring together people from all communities and walks of life.

In response to the negative press attention, a royal insider told Us Weekly: "Meghan has so much on her plate, between being pregnant and dealing with the public backlash and she's finding the whole situation incredibly stressful".